Artists, reporters, citizens, scholars, activists and archivists are doing exciting things that link the image to political and social struggles, often in unexpected ways. Their work is interesting in its own right, and for the deeper questions it often raises about the fundamental concepts of photojournalism. What are evidence, access, coverage, reporting, bearing witness, and how are these practices in their hegemonic form increasingly fragile and open to reconsideration?
Thomas Keenan is Director of the Human Rights Program at Bard College, New York. He is a writer and educator whose work addresses literary and political theory, the role of the media in states of conflict, and human rights. He is the author of "Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics" (1997) and the editor of "The End(s) of the Museum" (1996), coeditor of "New Media, Old Media" (2005) and "Paul de Man, Wartime Journalism, 1939–1943" (1988). He is an editorial and advisory board member of the Journal of Human Rights, Grey Room, WITNESS, and Scholars at Risk Network. (1999– ). He recently co-curated "Antiphotojournalism" at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona, including artists such as Phil Collins, Hito Steyerl, Renzo Martens andd Walid Raad.